Two senior officials, Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Jean-Pierre Jouyet, as well as criminologist Alain Bauer will be tried in Paris for contracts signed by the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), said Thursday a judicial source.
The two men as well as the former deputy director and director of international affairs at the CDC will be tried for favoritism and embezzlement of public funds, the source said. Alain Bauer, head of AB Conseil, is prosecuted for concealment of these two offenses while the criminologist Xavier Raufer, whose real name is Christian de Bongain, will have to answer for concealment of favoritism, she added.
A first hearing on the organization of the trial before the criminal court is scheduled for November 15 and the debates should be held from March 21 to 28, 2024, according to the judicial source. The National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) opened an investigation in December 2014.
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Suspicions relate to several contracts
The investigations revealed "six service contracts concluded" with the CDC or CDC International and AB Conseil "between 2008 and 2012 for an amount of 925,000 euros," it was reported. Also involved are four orders to the company Champerard, of which Alain Bauer was director and 50% shareholder, of gastronomic guides for a total amount of 333,596 euros. The suspicions also relate to two contracts concluded by ADP with X Diagnostic represented by Xavier Raufer (30,000 euros) and AB Conseil (89,700 euros).
In this context, the homes of Alain Bauer and Augustin de Romanet as well as the premises of the ADP group were searched in January 2017. The investigators had found at Augustin de Romanet a summary of the investigation in progress at the PNF. He who led the CDC between 2007 and 2012 before becoming CEO of ADP had been fined for concealment of violation of the secrecy of the investigation in appearance in preliminary admission of guilt in January 2020.
Jean-Pierre Jouyet succeeded him at the CDC until 2014. This senior civil servant also headed the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) between 2008 and 2012, was Secretary of State for European Affairs in François Fillon's government (2007-2008) and Secretary General of the Élysée under François Hollande. He is now an expert for a lobbying firm.